Karen Permillion joined Alameda Health Consortium as the Healthcare Access Manager in October 2022. She brings over 18 years of diversified business knowledge and experience managing multi-site and interstate operations for clinics and hospitals.
Prior to joining the AHC/CHCN team, Karen served for nearly 19 years at Alameda Health System managing areas of the Revenue Cycle Division that included Enrollment Services and Training, Revenue Integrity, and Patient Financial Services. Being passionate about education/training, in her senior role, Karen initiated provider education on coding and documentation compliance to improve billing clean claims. Following her tenure with the health system, she was Call Center Manager for Sutter Health Patient Access and Rehabilitation services. Her last position was Dental Program Manager for LifeLong Medical Care with a focus on improving oral health care access and delivery for school-based health clinics and other safety net populations. Karen received a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from California State University East Bay.
Jody Sahota – Sr. Advocacy & Communications Manager
Jody is the Senior Advocacy and Communications Manager at Alameda Health Consortium.
Jody brings over a decade of experience in advocacy at the federal level during her work with California Humanities, a state-wide nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Jody holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto and has done post-graduate work in English Literature, also at the University of Toronto. Jody has always had a passion for advocating for causes she believes in and has worked at the local level on many political campaigns as well as advocating for social justice.
Afomeia Tesfai – Director of Policy
Afomeia Tesfai joined Alameda Health Consortium as the Associate Director of Policy in 2020.
Afomeia is an experienced public health professional grounded in anti-racist framework to mobilize and build communities to have agency and remove barriers to access of care. Most recently, prior to coming to Alameda Health Consortium, she was the Director of Policy & Partnership at the Center for Youth Wellness, which was at the forefront of the campaign to implement a statewide trauma screening program. Prior to that, Afomeia was at Urban Habitat, Human Impact Partners, Seattle Children’s Center for Diversity & Health, and King County Public Health Department. Afomeia received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington, and is a native of the Seattle Area and has called Oakland home for the past six years.
Carolina Wong – Project Coordinator, Eligibility & Enrollment
Carolina joined Alameda Health Consortium as Project Coordinator for the Eligibility and Enrollment Department in 2020.
Carolina graduated from California State University, East Bay with a major in Spanish Language and Literature, and a minor in International Studies. Prior to Alameda Health Consortium, Carolina worked for La Clinica de La Raza for 9+ years, the first five years as the Front Desk Clerk and as a Human Service Specialist for the latter four years.
Carolina assisted patients in enrolling in Covered California, HealthPAC, and through active outreach to Medi-Cal, and CalFresh. Carolina brings not just experience in enrollment but a passion for working with our underserved community members and with patients from all backgrounds to ensure that they have access to quality healthcare. Carolina understands and appreciates the importance of educating our patients on accessibility to public health coverage programs.